2014 BMW M4 to be dual-clutch only - report

BMW M4 Coupe concept
BMW M4 Coupe concept

Should debut in Detroit

According to a recent report, the 2014 BMW M4 will be offered exclusively with a dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The news, if true, comes as a bit of a surprise but the company has been moving away from manual transmissions in high-performance models.  As several engineers have pointed out in the past, the dual-clutch gearbox delivers better performance and improved fuel efficiency.

BMW wanted to eliminate the six-speed manual in the M5 and M6 but caved to U.S. fans who like to do the shifting themselves. At the time BMW M's Head of Development, Albert Biermann, said "The trouble is that nobody wants it in Europe or anywhere else, so this will be the last time we do it, even for the hard-core U.S. buyers." He added, "We just can't justify it anymore."

Update: Bimmerpost has put together some compelling evidence to counter Autoblog's claims of a DCT-only M4.  Their report cites previous spy photos of a manual equipped M3 and prototype build sheets which show the model with and without the M DCT transmission.

Source: Autoblog and Bimmerpost
Published Aug 22nd, 2013 12:00am By Michael Gauthier
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tonygg tonygg
Please... BMW... Choose a different colour... Metalic Baby's Pooh is an ugly look for your executive performance coupe
Aug 23rd, 2013 10:59am
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SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
If this is true, it just serves to confirm that BMW is changing. Its no longer the BMW of the past, some of its models currently are just too commercial and unlike BMW, e.g Active Tourer, whats that? I also confiormed to me BMW is just a business at the end of the day, something I have never thought of in my entire life until recently.
Aug 22nd, 2013 5:31pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
And I am not talking about ergonomics of some of them (e.g. Porsche: small stupid buttons, kick-down function even though you are in manual = very practical when you are short-shifting voluntarily to avoid drifting at corner exit).
Aug 22nd, 2013 5:13pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
Although these paddle-shifter gearboxes are truly excellent on the track, it is still unappropriate to use them on the road: they work well on the circuit thanks to the wide track (which you don't have on the road on blind corners / with ongoing traffic), the relatively wide radius of corners, and the possible anticipation. Unless having a very quick steering ratio like in a rally car, using paddle-shifters on the road is a punishment, as through tight hairpins and roundabouts your hands are either off-paddles or worse on the wrong paddles. I'd rather use a full hoop behind the steering wheel like some rallyistes do (pulling it shifts up, pushing it shifts down).
Aug 22nd, 2013 5:10pm
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tom43 tom43
This information is not correct. AutoBild Germany was in discussion with BMW. The car will be available with 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT. A 8-speed DCT was under consideration but finally to expensive and to heavy. Greetings from Germany!
Aug 22nd, 2013 11:10am
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tom43 tom43
Today a second source, the highly reliable magazine "AutoMotor&Sport" confirmed the information that the car will be available with both options.
Aug 22nd, 2013 11:18pm
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kimbo kimbo
That's not true. The new M3 has already been spotted with a manual.
Aug 22nd, 2013 10:28am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
how timess have changed, the americans begging for a manual gearbox...
Aug 22nd, 2013 7:45am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Its common sense, DCT is faster and this is supposed to be a fast car. BMW won't let a 8 speed 435i or something launch faster than the 'M4'
Aug 22nd, 2013 7:43am
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Aesthetics Aesthetics
if we were to use common sense we wouldnt be buying this car and instead used gt-r's now wouldnt we
Aug 22nd, 2013 7:51am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Wrong context, have you read the manual M5 review? They might make a hash of it. Know any 458 driver yearning for three pedals? Wrong context, but that answers your question.
Aug 22nd, 2013 7:58am
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wcfuser20252 wcfuser20252
No matter how good DSG's are, they will never feel as good as executing the perfect heel and toe downshift. BMW you have made me sad :(
Aug 22nd, 2013 4:32am
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javol javol
There are several videos on Youtube of M3 2014 prototypes. Most of them show manual cars. It is clear from the upshifting sound. There will be manual M3 and M4, do not worry.
Aug 22nd, 2013 3:49am
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wcfuser20252 wcfuser20252
At least for the US market...One can only hope.
Aug 22nd, 2013 4:41am
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Highway 10 Highway 10
it wont be as fun anymore. Not everything F1-like is good.
Aug 22nd, 2013 3:41am
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NYyanks NYyanks
Well I almost went into cardiac arrest, this is beyond sacrilegious and shouldn't encourage the laziness of driving from people with a little extra money. I REALLY hope this isn't true!
Aug 22nd, 2013 2:51am
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Cale24 Cale24
Even Porsche dropped manual from the new GT3 so can't say this is surprising. These modern double clutch gearboxes have become so good though, not the end of the world. It's only older 'SMG' style transmissions that in the long run are a big detterent and likely harming values of E46 M3s equipped with them.
Aug 22nd, 2013 1:17am
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McLaren1 McLaren1
Those hard core buyers will just have to switch to the Cayman
Aug 22nd, 2013 1:10am
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sm106 sm106
The m4 shouldn't be more convenient to go shopping (DCT), so your average women that doest know what driving pleasure is should not be the prime target sale of this car... What a shame... Maybe it will be a good thing for enthusiastics that want to buy a e9x from ppl that "upgrade" to this...
Aug 22nd, 2013 12:50am
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Porsche3054 Porsche3054
Aug 22nd, 2013 12:46am
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CDspeed CDspeed
I'm not surprised, the manual transmission does seem to be coming to the end of it's life time. Most super cars have already ditched manuals in favor of DCT.
Aug 22nd, 2013 12:24am
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Paulds Paulds
Aug 22nd, 2013 12:52am
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